During adolescence, the frontal lobes of the brain (the seat of language and reason) are still being formed, leaving teens to overly rely on their amygdala (the seat of emotions). Our yoga helps adolescents manage those emotions.
Since mental health disorders commonly develop in the teenage years, "Yoga may serve a preventive role in adolescent mental health," according to the new study, led by Jessica Noggle, PhD, Harvard Medical School.
Researchers are now able to paint a clearer picture of factors that allow students to thrive throughout high school and into adulthood: such as self-awareness, managing distressing emotions, empathy, and navigating relationships smoothly. When students hone these skills, they are not only happier and healthier emotionally, but are also better able to focus on academics.